15 Luxury Getaways From Mumbai That Should Be On Your Must-Visit Listby | October 12, 2019
Every now and then, we seek respite from our mundane everyday lives for either complete relaxation or for a rush-inducing adventure that stirs up our routine. And while we would love to put our lives on hold and disappear for months at end, our schedules may protest in return, allowing you a meagre 3 to 5 days in reality.
For those of you who love getting away every chance you get, we have lined-up quick getaways from Mumbai for you. These are a few short hours drive away from the city but will transpose you into a parallel universe. One size does not fit all, and everyone’s idea of the perfect getaway is varied. While some like solitude in isolated areas with your partners for a romantic getaway, some of you are on the lookout for adventure sports. Spa resorts and wellness retreats are perfect if you want serenity to achieve the elusive zen state of mind.
Give the homogenous, clinical hotels a miss, for these luxury boutique hotels with character, located in the midst of nature. Mark your calendars.
Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, Pune
An expansive property in the lap of nature, Hilton Shillim offers breathtaking views of the ghaats. The hotel offers several wellness packages that help you align your inner core to the outer environment. They offer personalised holistic wellness programmes, Dharana, that are designed to correct your lifestyle, increase your metabolism, de-stress, and detoxify. This includes a private villa with an outdoor pool for relaxation, healthy meals catering to your dietary restrictions, private consultation with the wellness professionals, yoga and meditation sessions for serenity, de-stressing activities such as trekking, nature trails and pottery. You can also make use of their hydrothermal pavilion, yoga pavilion, pool and relaxation centre or opt for rejuvenating massages that integrate Ayurveda as well as ancient philosophic, spiritual and artistic wisdom of South Asia, with modern international techniques.
Address: Village Shilimb, Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Pune, 410406, India
Contact: +91 2114 712468
Aamby Valley City, Pune
A self-sufficient township developed by Sahara India, Aamby Valley is a short distance away from Mumbai and Pune both. India’s first planned hill city, it is a place where one can come for peace of mind in the midst of nature while leaving your hectic city lives behind. A getaway to this hill city entails several sporting activities that will give you the much-needed adrenaline rush. 19 Degree North at Aamby Valley is the perfect place to partake in zorbing, rappelling, zip lining, and trekking among other things. You can also go horseback riding here, or indulge in fun water activities such as jet skiing. With a fully equipped gym within the facility and a spa, you can also relax with a swim and a massage.
When it comes to accommodation, you can choose from one of their many luxury villas that range from the cosy Aussie suite made from pinewood, their Cabana with a deck and gorgeous views, the secluded and very private Burmese Chalet or the Spanish Cottage with plush interiors.
Address: Amby Valley Internal Road, Mulshi, Aamby Valley City, Lonavala, India, 410401
Contact: +91-20 2290 0000
Atmantan Wellness Centre, Pune
Located in the midst of lush greens and rejuvenating scenes of Mulshi, Pune, Atmantan is perfect for people who want to embrace a relaxed and organic way of living. There are healers, therapists, instructors and practitioners who provide you with the best spa therapies from traditional Ayurveda and oriental acupressure to aromatherapy massages. You can also sweat it out at their fitness facility which includes a gym, an expansive yoga studio and a pilates and dance studio. Supplement this with exceptional spa cuisine that brings fresh and healthy food from the farm to your plate. If you live in Mumbai, you are a short trip away from one of the best wellness retreats in the country.
Address: Atmantan Wellness Centre, Mulshi, Pune - 412108, Maharashtra, India
Contact: +91 20 66766666
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The Machan, Lonavala
Lonavala is a two and a half-hour drive from Mumbai and is a go-to for a last-minute retreat. And while Lonavala doesn't exactly paint an exotic picture, the thought of staying in a luxury treehouse most definitely does. This will satisfy your inner child that has always wanted a secluded treehouse. The Machan is an eco-resort in Lonavala that offers unique tree houses that are 40-feet above the forest, giving you stunning views of the lush greenery. You can enjoy this view while in bed or as you shower. They always sell out quickly, so book stat.
Address: Private Road, Lonavala, Atvan, Maharashtra 401401, India
Contact: +91 76666 22426
Mango Beach House, Alibaug
Alibaug is a hop, skip, and jump away from Mumbai, and perfect for a quickie. And while taking a ferry is not an option in Mumbai monsoons, one can definitely enjoy the drive there. Soak in the beauty of nature and get away from the fast-paced city. Dine at new favourites such as Boardwalk by Flamboyante or Bohemian Blue for delicious food and great ambience. To stay, make Mango Beach House your address. Comfortable for a large group of friends, the minimal and Mediterranean-style property will serenade you. A short walk away from the beach, there is also a pool for when you want to swim in the rain.
Address: Mango Beach House, Village Kihim, Opp. Ekvira Devi Mandir, Off Chondi Naka, Maharashtra 402201, India
Contact: +91 98200 08899
Ahilya By The Sea, Goa
A cliche, we acknowledge, but also a no-brainer when it comes to a weekend escape. Goa isn't always about the beaches, shacks, and seafood, but is also about the green surroundings, popular cafes, and boutique stores to shop at. Besides, a road trip down to G-town can be a fun experience—straight out of the movies. If you find yourself headed to Goa, might we suggest you bunk at Ahilya By The Sea. Give the clinical hotels and their endless lobbies a miss for this elegant boutique property tucked away in a quiet corner of Dolphin Bay. A serene private escape, you will be welcomed by the property’s nine tastefully decorated rooms that are spread across three villas. Enjoy a swim with a view or a meal with a view with al fresco dining. You can also experience a spa session at the Banyan Spa, or opt for long romantic walks in their garden. This one is ideal for a romantic getaway from Mumbai.
Address: Coco Maia, 787, Nerul-Reis Margos Road, Nerul, Goa - 403109, India
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Ashiyana Retreat, Goa
Sitting snug amidst the tropical flora and fauna at Mandrem Beach in North Goa, Ashiyana Retreat has been designed to help you feel comfortable, connected and relaxed, coaxing you to disconnect and detoxify. Their spa and treatment centre has therapies such as Ayurveda and Panchakarma detox and naturopathy and juice detox. They also have holistic yoga programmes as well as a yoga teacher training course. With Goa’s only natural swimming pool, the property offers serene luxury with a unique mix of informality and intimacy and beautiful spots for meditation and contemplation. The accommodation here ranges from luxury suites to simple beach shacks. You can choose from the Shahi suite, a sprawling and luxurious room or pick a room with a character like a lake house that oversees the lake, or a treehouse made entirely of wood.
Address: Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Village, Junas Waddo, Mandrem, Goa, 403527, India
Craving the quaint, idyllic life? Choose Elsewhere, which as the name suggests, transports you into a parallel universe. Located in North Goa, the location of the resort is a secret that is only unfolded upon making a booking: done to ensure utmost privacy. Upon getting there, you have two options to bunk: their beach houses or their Otter Creek Tents. The four charming Beach Houses are located on a beach overlooking the ocean where turtles come to the shore to say hello. On the same property, and sharing the same idyllic beach as the Beach Houses are the Otter Creek Tents. Three exclusive tents sit on the beach, facing the creek with outdoor seating to take in the views. Choose what your style is, and relax by the private beach and stargaze under the open skies that meet the ocean water to blanket you in blue.
Address: Mandrem, Goa 403519, India
Contact: +91 9923587713
Forest Hills at Tala, Tala
Some getaways are meant to be in the lap of luxury, and some in the lap of nature. If you are looking for a rare combination of the two, then Forest Hills at Tala is where you should head. Tucked away in a forest near Kuda caves, Forest Hills is an Eco Retreat in Raigad that allows you to be one with nature, and escape the bustling city life. Just a short drive from Mumbai, here you can rediscover a holistic sense of self in the midst of a pristine environment and indulgent luxury. Along with a gorgeous pool and a spa for leisure relaxation, the retreat also offers activities that are perfect for families. You can indulge in sports such as archery and rifle shooting, or simply follow the nature trail to Kuda caves for a reinvigorating walk. You can also witness agriculture in action and see where their organic produce is grown.
With 11 different rooms to choose from, you can stay at the sprawling Pink Parrot Luxury Villa designed by Krsna Mehta, the glasshouse that gives you unobstructed views of the lush greenery around you, or you can stay in the humble mud houses that are made of eco-friendly biodegradable material for an unforgettable experience.
Address: Forest Hills Tala, Taraste Village, Tala, Maharashtra, Mumbai 400021
Contact: +91-22-2202 6226
Coco Shambala, Sindhudurg
With properties in Goa and Sindhudurg. Coco Shambala gives you respite from homogenised 5-star hotels but offering the luxury they promise, but with individual character. While Goa is a predictable spot for a getaway, we recommend the Sindhudurg property (a real hidden gem) for its tropical jungles and stunning views of the Arabian Sea. With four bespoke luxury villas, each has an infinity pool with panoramic sea views brightly lit with fiery orange and pink sunset hues of the sky blanketing it. Akin to painting, there is nothing more beautiful than scenic landscapes dotted with whales, leopards and exotic birds. Equipped with a Forest Essentials spa, you can enjoy a rejuvenating massage while enjoying their seasonal menu that celebrates the fresh catch of the day along with local organic produce.
Address: Coco Shambhala, Bhogwe Beach, Near Parole village, Bhogwe beach, Maharashtra 416523, India
Contact: +91 93722 67182
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Beyond by Sula, Nashik
A trip to a vineyard accompanied by great wine is the perfect holiday in so many ways. Not only can you indulge in wine wasting, but you can also stomp some grapes and learn and a thing or two about how wine is made. If this resonates with your idea of a holiday, book a weekend trip to Beyond by Sula in Nashik. Encompassed by the hills of Gangapur and the serenity of calm waters, their luxury vineyard property flaunts a sprawling minimalistic Sky Villas. These offer unparalleled views of the lake, an infinity pool dipped in gold thanks to the gorgeous sunsets you can enjoy and a fully-stocked wine bar with the finest wines from Sula. Everything is 10x beautiful with a glass of wine in hand. Spend your day by the deck, enjoy a swim, eat organic produce in their all-day restaurant or simply grab a bicycle and explore nature.
Address: Gat 36/2, Govardhan, Gangapur-Savargaon Rd, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222, India
Contact: +91 78755 55725
Soma Vineyard Resort, Nashik
If you zero down on Nashik as your destination, then consider staying at the Soma Vine Village. 17km from Nashik, the resort is surrounded by the Sahyadris, offering abundant views of a lake, hills and the surrounding vineyards. The luxurious villas here will help you unwind and enjoy what India’s wine capital has to offer. If you are looking for quiet relaxation, grab a glass of Soma wine and enjoy the gorgeous views. You can choose from lake view or vineyard view, based on your preference. If you like vacations that are packed with activities and to-do lists, you can also enjoy wine-sampling, grape stomping and sample delicious organic food that will tickle your palette.
Address: Survey No. 1, Village Ganghavare, Gangapur-Ganghavare Road, Nashik, Maharashtra 422222, India
Contact: +91 70280 66016
Amanzi Resort, Pavana Dam
Head to Pavana Dam in the Western Sahyadris to catch a glimpse and experience the kaleidoscope of pristine water, vibrant skies and clean air. Located in the midst of all this is Amanzi, a sanctuary of hushed repose.
A 2-hour drive from Mumbai, this is the place to head to if you want to get your adrenaline pumping with activities such as trekking, kayaking and paragliding. The property flaunts 10 beautiful villas that range from cosy Swiss-style chalets to a unique cocoon-structured villa, a one-of-a-kind architectural structure that will give you something to experience and Instagram too. The hotel also has a spa you can head to for a relaxing massage that will drive all your post-trekking fatigue away into a state of total bliss.
Address: 440 Tikona Peth, Pavana Dam, Gevhande Khadak, Maharashtra 410406, India
Contact: +91 98210 12163
Dune Barr House, Matheran
Escaping to a hill station is not just for the North dwellers. When the temperature dips, head to Matheran to enjoy the nip in the air. Book a room at the Dune Barr House that is hidden in the lush Matheran hills. Built by Captain Barr back in the 19th century, the mansion offers 11 rooms that flaunt grand heritage style. Named after the famous British families of Bombay, the Parsis and the Bohras, the houses symbolise tradition-meets-contemporary. This is the perfect place for a laidback holiday with the family or with friends. You can also enjoy a hearty Indian or European fusion meal with your crew at their restaurant Verandah. Matheran is only accessible by foot, toy trains and horse-back, so be prepared for a little adventure of your own.
Address: Dune Barr House - The Verandah In The Forest, District Raigarh, Charlotte Lake Road, Matheran, Maharashtra 410102, India
Contact: +91 915 955 03 41
Le Meridien, Mahabaleshwar
Escape to the singular experience that is Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa. Set amidst 27-acres of pristine evergreen forests in the Western Ghats, our five-star hotel offers a world of luxury unlike any other resort in Mahabaleshwar. Unwind in your contemporary room or suite, where you'll find a private balcony with incredible views, deep soaking tubs, sumptuous linens and impeccable amenities. Go for a swim in the outdoor pool or relax in the Infinity Pool overlooking the valley. Gather with friends in The Hub or Longitude Bar or enjoy one of our dining experiences. Treat yourself to well-deserved pampering at Explore Spa, workout in the 24-hour fitness centre or explore nature around our grounds. Nearby, all of Mahabaleshwar's famous attractions are within reach, from Krishnabai Temple and Afzal Khan's Tomb to Arthur's Seat, Mapro Gardens, waterfalls and the market. Whether staying with us for business, a family vacation, wedding or romantic getaway, we look forward to making your stay unforgettable.
Address: 211, 212, Satara-Medha-Mahabaleshwar Rd, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra 412806, India
Contact: +91 2168 262 222
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